Had to see my opthamologist and ... oh dear, it's been 4 years!

By Caroltoo Latest Reply 2012-01-22 21:02:22 -0600
Started 2012-01-21 00:12:58 -0600

Several weeks ago, I lost my prescription reading glasses. I made the long overdue appointment to have my eyes reexamined so I could have my prescription updated and my glasses replaced.

Today when I arrived at the office, the receptionist looked at my records and asked a bit icily: "Is it true you haven't been here since 2008?" I smiled and commented brightly, "Oh, has it really been that long?" Oh, no, I thought … I'm in for it now.

Well, 55 minutes later, the technician took me in and did my readings. She asked how my distance vision was. I told her it had been fine since I got my BG under control. This led to a discussion about diabetes and the harm it can do to eyes. Then I shared what I was doing to take care of myself. She asked what my BG was this morning: "95", I replied and she said: oh, you are a good patient! (Not quite the perception of the receptionist, but I'll take this one.) Then as we talked some more, she just kept telling me how I was making such good choices, etc. It really felt good.

Then my doctor arrived and verified the prescription with the actual lenses. He determined that I have no sign of neuropathy, glaucoma, blood leakage, or anything else that happens to dim diabetic's vision or cause blindness.

When we got to the nitty-gritty of the Rx he said: you don't need Rx lenses; why don't you just go buy a pair of readers at Longs for $10? I was stunned and very happy. He did make me promise to come back in a year.

I'm sharing this with you because it illustrates that self care can pay off in big dividends. My eyes have required lenses for many years, I had a small cataract, I've been evaluated for more serious D caused eye diseases and warned that while the results were not conclusive, they also were not clear. BUT now they are clear!

9 replies

pixsidust 2012-01-22 17:59:34 -0600 Report

Isn't that great!
What a good and honest Doctor!
How nice to have an interested receptionist!
You are caring for yourself and your Wayne
Being the best you can be!

How lucky to be far sighted too
Readers will never help me unfortunately
I am near sighted and can get away with single vision but
a no line bifocal is best when I can afford them
We can have hope…
and you lit the way!

Caroltoo 2012-01-22 21:02:22 -0600 Report

I was impressed by that too Pixsi. When I looked a little startled at "readers" only since I also had been in lineless bifocals about 4-6 years ago and RX reading glasses for the last 4, he offered me a Rx, but said it would be $300 plus and asked about my insurance. I said..no, no..that was fine, I was just surprised!!! Big time surprised!!!

Young1s 2012-01-22 11:25:48 -0600 Report

Congratulations Carol. Wow! You actually improved upon your eyesight due to getting your BG's under control. Your discipline and vigilance has paid off once again. You're an inspiration to us all. Thank you for the update and shining example.

Caroltoo 2012-01-22 11:29:51 -0600 Report

Thanks, Pat. I hope it does encourage others to keep up the fight when they see the many different areas of life and health that can be impacted by long range vigilence and good self-care.

red flower lady
red flower lady 2012-01-22 01:15:12 -0600 Report

Carol, so glad to hear you are doing so well. Keep up the good work:)

Caroltoo 2012-01-22 01:25:49 -0600 Report

I hope it is an encouragement to others to realize this process does work. Now, admittedly, I've been following this diet and exercise process for 9 years now, so it wasn't an instant fix, but it does work.

The only part I've added in the last year is the knowledge that I am gluten intolerant (my sister is Celiac, so I knew mostly what to do) and how that affects digestion, vitamin absorption, gall bladder/pancreatic health, and possible thyroid implications. Practically speaking, it is one less belly ache, but it has also brought my BG levels down and my energy level up considerably.

red flower lady
red flower lady 2012-01-22 01:42:33 -0600 Report

You may have been following this plan for years, but it goes to show how we can delay or make improvements by keeping our numbers under control. This info will greatly help others.


Caroltoo 2012-01-22 14:36:25 -0600 Report

True. However, the point of my comment is that you can't expect it to be a quick fix…it takes time.

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